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Is my truck to big for drive plowing?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by gjplatt, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. gjplatt

    gjplatt Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I bought a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 quad cab dually last year for my construction company. I was going to get a plow but thought it was to late. Which was stupid since it snowed like 8 more times after I bought it. Anyway I am getting a plow for my truck this year. I have a couple commercial lots to plow this year but not enough to justify a plow. So I want to do drive ways too.
    So my question is if my truck is to big for driveways and if not what is a good length for my truck plow.

  2. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    You can do driveways with it but it will be a pain in the a$$. But you have it so give it a shot. I would stay away from circle driveways
  3. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    i think that it will be a little hard to do driveways with that rig,but if you get the right ones it would be doable. also your going to have to go with a larger blade since you have a dually or your outside rear wheels will be tracking in snow. id go with at least a 9' ft preferably a 9'2" BOSS V XT or regular 9'2" BOSS V
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    You need more lots...

    Nice truck.
  5. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    I have a F-350 crew cab dually and have to do my spec house drives with it in the winter. That truck is going to suck doing drives, it is just to big. You need just to much room to maneuver them. I would find more commercial lots!:D
  6. gjplatt

    gjplatt Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Yeah I would love to do more Commercial lots but really do not know what to charge.. I have 2 commercial lots from friend deals and getting them for what they were done for by someone else. So not sure that is even a good price.

    I want to make enough to pay the plow and buy a smaller Dodge Ram 3500 6' bed for next year drive ways. Something used of course.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2008
  7. JBMiller616

    JBMiller616 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I use a '07 2500 single cab with an 8' bed and it does great doing the drives for my company's rental properties, but if the truck were any bigger I'd have problems. Blade is a 8.5' Fisher HD Series.
  8. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    honestly.....i would go with the new snoway Revo. :nod:

    how 'bout it toby?

  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I second PJ's comment.
  10. gjplatt

    gjplatt Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Yeah i am going to look into the revo it looks like a nice commercial plow and look into just getting a 6' bed for drives. I bought this truck because i pull 3 pallets of concrete alot so needed the muscle and hell who does not like a big a$$ truck.
  11. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Don't know if an additional truck will suit your needs, but the short wheelbase pickup or Tahoe-equivalent had served me quite well in the past. Curved driveways are awesome with a short truck, and swiping snow off to one side in a driveway was much easier because of the turning radius.

    Another angle to look at, if you have more $$ than you know what to do with, is to outfit both trucks for redundancy. Use the shorter truck primarily for plowing, but run the school bus for backup. Then should the work be enough to put your 1-ton on permanently, you have it ready to go anyway. It's a costly way to go (additional truck, 2 plows), but it takes money to make money.
  12. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    That looks like a short box on there, yes? If so, I plow driveways with basically the same thing (quad cab Ram), but single rears. Yes, it sucks at times, but you just have to be picky about what drives you take. For example, I can't even plow my own driveway, too narrow plus narrow street means there are times I can't even get in the driveway with the plow on. But if you take bigger driveways with nothing on the sides, etc, you'll be alright.
  13. gjplatt

    gjplatt Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Well I was hoping to outfit 2 trucks next year unless I use my ski mask in the bank =). So looking at craigslist for something to plow with for the winter for now. If I can not find something in a week or 2 I will just get a plow for my tank. It has an 8' bed on it too. I bought it for my carpenter contracting company not to plow. Just hoped could do 2 for one then relized it might be a bit big for plowing. Maybe I can put the latter racks on the beater. Sold my 1994 ford f350 dually quad cab with the ladder racks. Now that was a tank.